Checkmate! “The Queen’s Gambit” sets Netflix audience record


Who would have guessed that a TV show set in the 1950s and 1960s, about a fictional chess champion, would break viewing records on Netflix?

Lo and behold, the streaming giant announced Monday that “The Queen’s Gambit” had been watched in 62 million homes in its first 28 days to become its biggest scripted limited series of all time.

It is “checkmate”.

Based on a 1983 novel by Walter Tevis, “The Queen’s Gambit” is a seven-episode series that premiered October 23 on Netflix. Anya Taylor-Joy delivers a fascinating performance as Beth Harmon, an orphan who discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to state-provided tranquilizers as sedatives for children. Driven by her talents and obsession, she aims to rule the male-dominated world of competitive chess.

“I am both delighted and stunned by the response. It’s way beyond what any of us could have imagined, ”said co-creator, showrunner and director Scott Frank. Hollywood journalist. “But on behalf of my fellow producers and all of the cast and crew on the show, each of whom made me look better than I actually am, we are so grateful that so many took time to watch our series. And we all can’t wait to bring you our next Yahtzee Limited Edition. “

According to THR, of Netflix’s limited series, only the documentary series “Tiger King” (64 million views in its first 28 days) attracted more views than “The Queen’s Gambit”. (Netflix counts views by measuring whether a member account watches at least two minutes of a series or movie).

The global reach of “The Queen’s Gambit” is also extraordinary. It has been in Netflix’s Top 10 in 92 different countries since its release and has spent at least a day at No.1 in 63 of them.

In a blog post, Peter Friedlander, vice president of Netflix Original Series, said he was intrigued when Frank pitched the idea for “The Queen’s Gambit” three years ago, but admitted that no one in the company could only have predicted that the series and Taylor-Joy would “become the global phenomenon that they are today.”

Of the main character, Friedlander wrote, “Beth is an underdog who faces addiction, loss and abandonment. Its success – against all odds – is a testament to the importance of perseverance, family, and finding and staying true to yourself.

Unsurprisingly, the show has boosted public interest in chess. Netflix cited research that said Google search queries for chess doubled and searches for “how to play chess” hit a nine-year high. Meanwhile, requests for “chess sets” on eBay have increased by 250% and the number of new players has quintupled on Chess.com.


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